Tuesday, 19 January 2010

From the window

The view from the window. It's often where it all starts and finishes, especially in a winter like this. It may not be what you'd usually stop and draw but you do, because it's there and because you can stand and stare to your heart's content in a way it's not so easy to if you're just standing on the pavement. Views from our homes and places of work become eroded to our eyes so that after a while it's not so easy to see what's really there. The apparently mundane nature of the scene can take it over that threshold of what makes something worth drawing.

On the road, travelling in foreign countries, everything is fresh and the sketchbook hardly ever goes away. At home, the flats across the road gradually become almost invisible. It has little to do with the quality of the scene. A friend waxed lyrical for hours about the scene from her new rural Devon house after they'd left London a few years ago. The hills, the trees, the sky. I couldn't disagree, but I know, having grown up in lovely, essentially rural, surroundings, that in time that would fade so that she would be no more aware of the view out of her window as I am out of mine. Drawing what's outside the window revives the view, brings it back into focus. These are two drawings made through windows.

5 comments:

Caroline said...

Yes, although I do regularly draw the scene from my window of the 'pissoir' and the phone-box with trees beyond, I long for a cityscape!

Julianne Britton said...

I used to do this all the time when I was younger but I haven't recently. I think it really helps develop your drawing skills and your post has inspired me to give it another go, so thank you. =)

性感的我 said...

不要把生命看得太嚴肅,反正我們不會活著離開。 ..................................................

Lynne Chapman said...

Nice drawings. Yes, a window is very important and it's good to stop and draw from it occasionally, to force you to look again at what's out there!

clippingimages said...

truly very nice